Ethen Sampson of Baroka, Mumuni Abubakar (Leopards) and Evidence Makgopa (Baroka) are running for the ball.
Baroka FC paved their way out of the relegation danger zone when they silenced the much-feared Black Leopards 2-0 in their Absa Premier League Limpopo derby at the Peter Mokaba Sports Complex on Saturday.
Baroka took the game to Leopards from the first whistle, with their midfielders showing a spirit of commitment. They could have sealed the game within the first 10 minutes, but their strikers were not accurate in converting their obvious chances into goals.
Realizing that it would be difficult for them to match their opponents in terms of skill, Baroka used their dribbling skills to neutralize Leopards in the middle of the park. Leopards were lucky not to concede half a dozen goals during the first half as they were out of touch in all departments.
Baroka missed two clear chances in the first quarter of the match. Nhlanhla Mgaga shot wide from close range after receiving a neat pass from Goodman Mosele. Shortly thereafter, Tshediso Patjie released aimlessly from outside the box, much to the disappointment of the team’s supporters.
Baroka finally broke the deadlock. Their left flank, Ethen Sampson, made things happen after a defender of Leopards, Chris Katjiua, made a mistake and passed the ball to him. His long-range shot left the Leopards keeper, Rotshidzwa Muleka, flat-footed.
Both sides effected three changes in the last half. The replacements worked against Baroka as they played the last stanza with their backs against the wall. Leopards lost cohesion and Baroka capitalised when Evidence Makgopa tapped the ball and scored the second goal after receiving a well-cooked pass from Dewin Farmer.
The two teams will play against each other on Saturday in the quarter-final of the Nedbank Cup at the same venue. The match will start at 15:00.
Date:12 March 2020 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.